DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Danica Patrick has made history before - as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan.
The spotlight is nothing new. But never has it been this bright before.
Patrick won the Daytona 500 pole Sunday, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any race in NASCAR's premier circuit. It's by far the biggest achievement of her stock-car career.
"I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl," said Patrick, who became the only woman to win an IndyCar race when she did it in Japan in 2008, and was the first woman to lead laps in the Indianapolis 500.